Dispatch the The newsletter for Watco Companies, LLC and Watco Transportation Services, LLC December 2014, Volume 15, Issue 12 Wisconsin Santa Train provides early Christmas Cheer by Stefan Loeb Senior Vice President, Markeing & Strategic Planning On Saturday November 8, the City of Hartford, Wisconsin, was treated with the presence of two distinguished guests; Santa Claus and his special 101 yearold sleigh. The sleigh in this case took the form of restored Soo Line steam locomotive number 1003. The event took place on Wisconsin and Southern Railroad's mainline through town with several Santa made a special visit to WSOR Teamthe City of Hartford, Wisconsin, in caboose pulled by a 101 mates assisting year-old steam engine. Santa in makPhoto by Don Pingel ing this event so special. Preserved by the Steam Locomotive Heritage Association in Hartford, 1003 and its consist of cabooses, one filled with elves and the other with Santa, greeted visitors in advance of the steam, as well as the special red and white clad city’s annual Holiday Parade shared with the city guest from the North, provided plenty of exciteof Slinger. Burt Mall of the Steam Locomotive ment for young and old alike! Heritage Association reported that the event was The Santa train could not have been made a tremendous success hosting over 600 children possible without the seven enthusiastic sponsors and parents in only three hours of display – a new for the event that included WSOR/Watco Comrecord for attendees for a 1003 led Santa train. panies, Hartford Finishing Inc., DJS ManufacturYoung revelers were not only able to meet Santa, ing, Laufer Trucking, Helgeson, Scoop DeVille, but were also rewarded with delicious candy cane Don Crego DDS from Slinger, and the AmericInn treats. Hotel of Hartford. And of course we cannot forget Mall and his team spent months preparing 1003 the tremendous efforts of Burt Mall and his team for service. The locomotive, a 2-8-2 Mikado type, at the Steam Locomotive Heritage Association for was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1913. restoring and caring for the 1003. In celebration of the locomotive’s 100th birthday, the team performed dozens of duties to get the locomotive under steam again including running gear inspection and repair, air compressor valve repair, inspection of axle brasses, as well as inserting a new electric dynamo, GPS speedometer and other modern day equipment to allow 1003 to run in today’s railroad environment. Don Pingel, WSOR road foreman of engines, said that the WSOR was honored to help with the event and to provide the Restored Soo Line steam locomotive number 1003 brought communities of Hartford and Slinger a special guest, Santa, to Hartford, Wisconsin, on November something special for the holiday season. 8th. Indeed, the presence of the 1003 under Photo by Don Pingel Oklahomans excited to board the "Polar Express" It's hard to say who was more excited to board the "Polar Express" train the kids or the adults. The excursion, based on the 1985 book by the same name, takes passengers from the Bristow, Oklahoma, depot on a magical hour-long train ride to meet Santa at the North Pole. Passengers, not just the kids, don their pajamas and robes for the special holiday ride and are treated to a reading of the holiday story. Along with the reading, dancing chefs serve cookies and coco to all on board. There will be a total of 29 "Polar Express" rides which started on November 22nd and will be continuing Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb on until December 28th. The Eastern spoke to the crowd in Bristow before the "Polar Express" left the depot on Flyer is bringing the "Polar Express" its first trip. to Oklahoma and the cars are pulled by Watco's Stillwater Central (SLWC) locomotives. The trains will run on the rails of the SLWC. Many of the weekend trips are sold out but there are still seats available. The Eastern Flyer ran excursion trains early in the year to gauge the interest of the communities in passenger rail and the rides sold out within a few days. Top right photo: Santa and one of his elves visit with a passenger on the "Polar Express". Bottom photo: Three of the dancing chefs on the "Polar Express" show off their cookies before they start their show. Dispatch page 2 December 2014 the Record canola crop harvested in Western Australia Smashing records is what Watco's Western Australia Rail (WWAR) team and the CBH Group are all about. Although some wet weather is putting a damper on the harvest, WWAR is estimated to move 8,100,000 tonnes of grain and they are pushing for more. The total crop estimate finishing in 2015 is about 12,100,000 tonnes. Jim Griffiths, WWAR chief operating officer was able to visit CBH Group Board of Directors Chairman Wally Newman at his farm in the Newdegate area in early November to witness to the cutting of the record canola crop. Newdegate is in Western Australia's grainbelt and located in what is called the Albany Zone. The record canola crop follows up a year of records for both CBH and WWAR. WWAR moved more grain to port than ever before. Griffiths is hoping to break that record again this spring! Left photo: Wally Neuman, CBH Board of Directors Chairman (right), his son and New England sheep dog in Wally's paddock in Newdegate. Right photo: A record canola harvest in progress on Newman's land. Birmingham Terminal Railway reaches one year injury-free mark Alabama's Birmingham Terminal Railway (BHRR) Team celebrated their one year injury-free mark on October 22. There are currently 128 team members at the BHRR and that one year consisted of 295,00 man-hours. General Manager David Tarwater, said, "That's a huge accomplishment by all of our team members. We will continue to push towards our goal of being injury-free." To celebrate the occasion, a cookout was held for the team members with Tarwater and East Region Director of Operations Bill Richmond manning the grill. The BHRR began operations of the 75.9 mile line in February of 2002. The main commodities shipped on the line are iron ore, coal, and steel sheets and pipe. The railway hooks up with the Port of Birmingham Terminal which barges shipments to the Black Warrior River. The line dates back to 1878 when it was used to transport coal from the fields to the blasting furnaces in Ensley, Ala., and Birmingham. Team members at the location who helped reach this goal are: Aaron Greene, Andre Williams, Andrea Harville, Antonio Green, Arthur Bradford, Austin Osborn, Benjamin Tarran, Bobby Garmon Jr, Bobby McFadden, Brad Payne, Brandon Williams, Brent Aycock, Carlton Young Jr, Cedric Graham, Charles Layfield, Charles McCarty, Christopher Hammond, Christopher Preuc, Cody Gilliland, Damien Cantrell, Daniel Caine, Daniel Farr, Darrious Colley, Darryl Marshall, David Caffee, David Stott, David Tarwater, Derek Brown, Donald Mixon Jr, Donald Myrick, Dwight Browning, Dylan Hoggle, Eric Caine, Eugene Stevens, Gary Harville Sr, George Freeman, George King, Gilbert Spencer, Howard Green Jr, Jace Fisher, Jacob Bagby, JaCorey Murray, James Brown, James Crawford, James Lathum III, James Mobley, Jared Humphrey, Jeffery Cargill, Jeremiah Williams Jr, Jeremy Hollis, Jeremy Williams, Jerome Lawson, Jerry Lowe, Joe Fells, John Castleberry, John Davis, John Gaither, John Gaither II, John Herron, Joseph Bristow, Joseph Free- t s a L ance Ch Team members at the Birmingham Terminal Railway celebrated their one year injury-free anniversary on October 22. man, Joseph Reid, Joshua Harris, Joshua Vines, Justin Hoggle, Justin Mead, Keith Owens, Kenneth Olson, Kenneth Smith, Kerry Lloyd, Kevin Boyd, Kevin Hampton, Kevin Jeter, Kristopher Colley, Kyle Ratliff, Leslie Pearman, Luke Houston, Mal Moland, Mark Lynn, Mark Perry II, Martin Phillips, Martin Strickland III, Mary Reardon, Matthew Davis, Matthew Hutcheson, Matthew Morrison, Matthew Tarwater, Megan Gwin, Mem Webb III, Michael Brown, Michael Gwin, Michael Lavender, Michael Marino, Michael Milligan, Michael Pollard, Mickey Goodman, Monica Simpson, Montez Tedford, Nathan Harris, Nicholas Darnell, Nicholas Graham, Nicholas Robbins, Norman Jones, Patrick Smith, Phillip Forrest, Quinchez Marshall, Reginald Dickens, Ricky Chappell, Robert Boyd, Rodger Isbell, Rodney Gresham, Ronald Tapley, Roy Jones, Shawn Romine, Ta'Darius Dawson, Tammy Arbuckle, Terry Wall, Thomas Dawson, Timothy Boyd, Timothy Dunn, Tony Montabana, Ty Furgason, Tyrus White, Warren Sanderson, William Carroll, William Chase, William Cooper, and William King. Get your wellness checks and your biometrics in by December 31, 2014 Dispatch page 3 the December 2014 Winter Freeze safety program underway Watco Team Members need to be very We must all “FREEZE out” injuries to careful this winter; they might get ticketed. keep ourselves and our families’ safe – And if they do get ticketed, it can lead to especially through these hectic winter good things. The Winter FREEZE Safety months. Program kicked off November 24th and In addition to the cold weather being a runs through March 31st. In an effort to distraction, it's easy to lose focus at this keep team members focused on safety, "I time of year worrying and thinking about Did It Right" ticket cards will be handed out family issues, holiday bills, gift purchasing when they are caught in the act of performand increased family time together. The ing their duties correctly during efficiency kids will be home from school more often, testing. Not only does this reward team there are decorations to put up, household members for their performance, but it also bills seem to increase, and there is more reminds managers to praise correct actions focus on issues of faith, family, and home. as well as correct errors. Team members will It’s easy to let your attention drift a bit, get their tickets punched and can then trade The Grand Elk Railroad's 4002 locomotive leads the way as snow thinking of all those things. The last thing in their tickets for rewards. anyone wants is for an accident to hapfalls in Elkhart, Indiana. The "FREEZE" (Following the Rules Photo by Reese Martin pen and turn a joyous season into a tragic Everyday Ensures Zero Errors) program one that is forever etched in a family's lies still have us coming home to them each and was started to help promote awareness and memory. every day. They depend on us to provide for their focus team member concentration to the job at By identifying, recognizing, and rewarding exwell-being and an injury to any of us will certainly cellence, we are aiming to meet the ultimate goal hand. It is critical that everyone be aware of the consequences of our actions or inactions while on affect our families, our ability to provide, the com- of eliminating injuries and accidents. Success of the job. Errors on the job can lead to serious, even pany we work for, the Customers we serve, and this program relies on active and enthusiastic parour co-workers who have to “fill the gap” left by fatal consequences. We must stay focused and ticipation, so Watco Team Members get on board an out-of-work or injured team member. make good decisions at work to ensure our famiand get your ticket punched! Wooo Shock locomotive gives Santa a lift When Santa visited Wichita, Kansas, on November 28th he left the reindeer at home so they could rest up for the big day and instead, arrived in railroad style. Santa rode into the Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm aboard the Wooo Shock locomotive to officially kick off the Christmas season. There were hundreds of families that came out to pick out Christmas trees, take pictures with Santa, and go for hay rides at the farm. "The kids loved it," said Jimmy Patterson, Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (KO) general manager. "They were lined up an hour before the train even arrived to get a good view." Although Santa arriving on Wooo Shock was the highlight of the day, other activities kept the crowd at the tree farm in the Christmas spirit. Other events that day included tree cutting, a live string and brass band playing Santa hopped on board the Wooo Shock locomotive to kick off the Christmas season at at Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm in Wichita, Kansas. Christmas music, hay wagon rides, and a small train for the kids to ride on within the tree farm. The farm's barn is filled with ornaments, fresh green floral baskets and custom made wreaths of different shapes and sizes. The only thing missing to complete the total Christmas package was the snow. "Think of a Norman Rockwell painting – it really was like an old time Christmas you’d see in black and white movies," said Patterson. The tree farm was celebrating their 40th anniversary of providing this unique Christmas experience. In the past Santa has arrived via fire truck, sleigh, and he has even sky-dived in. Just as the drought affected the Kansas wheat harvest, it also had an impact on the farm's tree production. They were only able to grow about 400 trees on site, and so they had to have some more shipped in to keep up with demand. Patterson, said, “When the KO dedicated the Wooo Shock Locomotive last March, we committed to using it to not only serve our Customers but also as a tool to become better neighbors and partners with the communities we work in. This is just another way of fulfilling that commitment.” Top photo: Elizabeth Winegarner, 18 mo., granddaughter of KO track inspector Sam Winegarner and Watco Dispater, Delia Winegarner, decides Santa may not be all that great yet. Elizbeth's brother Trenton, 5, looks a little happier as he poses with the train at the Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm. Dispatch page 4 the December 2014 Terminal Team begins first operations in Washington Watco's Terminal Team just expanded their footstep into yet another state. On November 17th, the team unloaded their first unit train of crude oil in Ferndale, Washington. Ferndale is located in the northwest corner of Washington near the Nooksack River but the terminal operations are on the west side of the city, WINTER HEALTH The mention of winter evokes images of sparkling snowflakes and skaters gracefully gliding across the ice. But winter can also be a time of illness and one of those that often hits is the "common" cold. More than 100 viruses can cause colds so few people escape being exposed, most people in the U.S. average about three colds per year. Once it enters the body through the nose or throat, the cold virus begins to multiply, causing any of a number of symptoms: sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, aches and pains, mild fever, nasal congestion and coughing. A cold can usually last a week or two. The best way to treat a cold is to take a mild pain reliever, get as much bed rest as possible and drink plenty of fluids, especially fruit juices. Over-the-counter cough and cold remedies may relieve some of the symptoms, but they will not prevent, cure or even shorten the course of the illness. Keep up your natural resistance through good nutrition and getting enough sleep and exercise. Turn your thermostat down and keep the humidity up in your home. Avoid direct contact with those who have colds and wash your hands frequently. closer to the Rosario Straight which leads to the Pacific Ocean. "Both the train crews and the transloading crews performed flawlessly and with the professionalism Watco Teams display everywhere," said Sam Ricci, manager of facility support. Ricci added, "We want to thank everyone that assisted in the safe start up. From the Business Development Team, who led us to this opportunity to Human Resources, who con- ducted interviews and screening and helped us find the right team members. Watco's Purchasing Team worked closely with us to make sure we had the right equipment to do the job and the EHS (Environmental Health & Safety) Team not only provided training, but kept the team engaged throughout the four week training period. And last, but not least, the ”Go Team” for taking the lead with hands-on training and working with the new team members throughout the unload process." The Go Team was instrumental in facilitating the start-up. The group consisted of several team members from different locations who shared their knowledge and safety practices. Please welcome the following new team members to our Watco Team: Alexis Pierson, Andrew Ross, Bryan Meyer, Charles Staley, Charles Warner, Christian McVickers, Cody Treloar, Cory Stevenson, Daniel Bragdon, Erik Faiola, Harold Duncan Jr, Jered Ruback, John Shoup, Top left: Aerial view of the Ferndale refinery (the Jordan Williams, Justin crude unloading site can be seen on the far left). Bos, Michael Blusiewicz, Bottom left: Group safety training taught by Don Michael Parker, Michael Latimer, Dan Perry, and Dave Echols. Right: First three rail cars coming down the track with a rail car Pecovish, Parker Helland, mover operated by Ferndale Terminal Manager Bry- Patrick Russell, Quina an Meyer and Wellington (Utah) Terminal Manager Wiebe, Richard Bost, Robert House, Sheldon Mark Rice. Rice and several other members from other terminals were on hand to help with start-up. Gudde, and Thomas Frey. Watco U holds classes and team building exercises While many universities are getting ready for finals week and December graduation ceremonies, Watco U instructors will continue their usual course schedule. In November, Watco 101 and TS&IC courses were held along with team building exercises. December's schedule includes a Watco 101 class being held in Refugio, Texas, and a Primary Values Class in Birmingham, Alabama. Team building exercises will also be offered at different times throughout the month. Top photo: Recruiting Team Members (l-r) Becky Beaudry, recruiter for WSOR, GDLK, and AA railroads; Amy Miori, recruiting director; Amanda Smardo, South Region recruiter; Susan Quanstrom, West Region recruiter; and Kylie Collier, Central Region recruiter, take part in a team building exercise. Bottom photo: November 2014 Watco 101 graduates (l-r) Stacey Dawson, payroll manager; Brian Spiller, PES terminal manager; James Gibson, Watco Dock and Rail manager; John Harrigan, IT SAP director; and Shane Smith, Pittsburg terminal manager. Dispatch page 5 the WA W TCO December 2014 December ANNIVERSARIES ORLD This section is dedicated to the Watco Team Members to give you a chance to share what’s happening in your corner of the Watco World. Graduations Raquel Aida Hernandez, granddaughter of Jose Hernandez, team member at the Jacksonville, Florida, mechanical shop; graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Minor in Family, Youth and Community Services. Logan Dawn Falletti, Watco Communications Intern, graduating from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, with Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations with a Minor in Sociology. 12 year-old rolls for ring Twelve year-old Michael J. Turiano, Jr., son of Terri Turiano, team member at the Hollidaysburg GBW shop, recently bowled his first 300 game. Michael has been bowling since he was two years old and will be presented a ring commemorating his perfect score. Michael's dad, John, is a former pro bowler and said he didn't bowl his first perfect game until he was 20. Michael is the youngest ever bowler to hit 300 Michael J. Turiano, in Altoona, PennsylJr. vania. Michael says now that he's reached this milestone he can relax. "I've proved to myself I can do it," he said. "I don't think that I have to try to hit the 300 mark any more." Congratulations to the following team members celebrating their anniversaries! 1 Year: Sergio Aguilar, Tanya Beard, Kelsey Berger, Micheal Berzas, Joey Bitner, Michael Boyanton, Brian Buxton, Andria Calloway, James Casula, James Clyde, Jason Cooper, David Daughdrill, Navario DeBose, Shannon DeVries, Connie Ebarb, Mathew Eddy, Crystal Fritzemeier, Robert Greenfeder, Colin Gribble, Robert Harbour, Kyle Henson, Corey Jones, Hayden Jones, Benjamin Kraus, Kevin Krohn, Ramzi Lakkis, Courtney LaRocque, Matthew Louviere, Brennan Lyons, Brian Maxey, Augustus Maxwell, Tad Mayfield, Gabriel McCoy, Michael Misegades, Angela Naden, Katie Noorlander, Stephen Potts, Donte Raymond, Joshua Roberts, David Rooney, Kyle Ross, Alfredo Sanchez, Tiffany Schmidt, Nathaniel Schroeder, Gonzalo Serrato-Sanchez, Courtney Shaw, Dustin Sieve, David Silva, Daniel Smith, Ryan Smith, Prentice Washington, Theophus Williams, Joshua Woody 2 Years: Kyle Brown, Genaro Guzman, Stephen Howard, Kevin Hudspeth, Michelle Ivey, Jason Jewell, Brian King, Keith LaCross, Patrick McPhillips, Jennie Morris, Brenna Prestholt, Victor Smith, Ricky Soto, Scott Titus, Fernando Zelaya 3 Years: Michael Antoine, Dexter Cahill, Jason Cathey, Christopher Corpe, Hector DeHoyos, Tom DeLafosse, Charles Engels, Brian Grewing, Dana Hartleib, Jeremiah Herman, Kurt Koontz, Ryan Krull, Sherene Metoxen, Brent Nettleton, James Rader, Samuel Savelkoul, Aaron Snow, Terry Valverde, Jerrod Walls, Christopher Walther, Steven Wisniewski 4 Years: Noland Bailey, Hector Barrientos, Spencer Batton, John Bowers, Jeffery Davis, Mike Gonzales, Michael Hancock, Jennifer May, Lisa Powell, Sharon Sexson, David Showalter, Jesse Victoria 5 Years: Robert Aldredge, Timothy Eccles, Earl Evans, George Freeman, Daniel Giacalone, Luke Houston, Donyelle Newton, Charles Price, Shawn Romine, Eugene Stevens, Robert Taylor, Montez Tedford, Dillon Thibodeaux, Joel Wilmoth 6 Years: Robert Brown, Randy Canada, Ernest Gonzalez, Weston Hamilton, Steven Harmon, Johnny Jones, Esteban Robles 7 Years: Pedro Balensia, Jeffery Bland, Misael Cervantes, Kurt Kilgore, Steven Reida, Jeff Washington, Penny Wood 8 Years: Eddie Arredondo, Joshua Hargis, Richard Hensley, Peter Mars, Bruce Martin, Transito Pedraza, Rafael Ramirez, Jon Tavernaro 9 Years: Cedric Bonner, Matt Drake, Michael Kissee, Joe Mercer, Joshua Williams 10 Years: Rafael Hernandez, Crezentia Van Becelaere 11 Years: Johnnie Brown, Tony Clark, John Edwards, Ismael Mondragon 12 Years: Craig Richey, Calvin Turner 13 Years: Roy Buckhalter, Denver Conley, Ernesto Elizondo, Johnny Johnson, David Larch, Larry Lever 15 Years: Thomas Cooper, Joel Estermyer, Charles Karamales 16 Years: Ricky Absher 17 Years: Jason Stutzman, Anthony Tillman 19 Years: Bryan Miller, Roger Schaalma 20 Years: Mike Carr 22 Years: John Byrd, Jean Kincade 23 Years: Danny Anderes, Robert Washington 24 Years: James Horner, Claude McGuff 27 Years: Rodney King, Michael McGinn, Manfred Nelly, Allen Oltjenbruns 35 Years: Joseph Escott, John Herron 44 Years: John Cole It takes the distance of 18 football fields for an average train to stop Pacific Sun Railroad goes six years injury-free Six years ago Watco began operating it's first relationships with the Customers. Matt has done lines in the Watco system. Their average speed short line railroad in California. Not only does a great job as chief mechanical officer, right now clocks in at about 55 mph. This is due to the fact the state have a reputathe PSRR is at a zero failure rate on the locomothat the line is shared with tion for being sunny, it's tives thanks to Matt's expertise. Tyler is the team's commuter trains which go also proving to be a safe peer trainer and is responsible for ensuring all even faster down the line, place as well. Since the team members are aware of, and following, the around 90 mph. The PSRR first day of start-up the safety rules. Another team member is in training Team works on a short PSRR Team hasn't had and should be joining the group soon. time schedule, running an injury. The General Manager James on a 6.5 hour team celebratMoore, said, "It takes window two ed this great dedication from all team nights a week milestone on members for us to reach when traveling October 24th. this milestone. Each team to Miramar, James Moore Cesar Oglesby There are member must put safety Calif., and a currently four team members on the first, from when they come five hour window three nights a week PSRR Team: Cesar Oglesby, Matthew on duty to when they go on the trips to Escondido, Calif. Hinojosa, Tyler Pruitt, and James home." The PSRR main commodities Moore. Cesar has been a long-time The trains are a little shipped on the line are corn and Matthew Hinojosa engineer and is known for his great different than most short plastics. Tyler Pruitt Dispatch the The newsletter for Watco Companies, LLC and Watco Transportation Services, LLC December 2014, Volume 15, Issue 12 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID PRADMAR CORP 315 W. Third Street Pittsburg, KS 66762 www.watcocompanies.com Arkansas Southern Railroad celebrates nine injury-free years The Arkansas Razorback football team has had some pretty exciting wins lately. Beating Louisiana State University and Ole Miss were huge accomplishments for the Fayetteville team. Another Arkansas team with an amazing accomplishment is the Arkansas Southern Railroad Team. The team recently celebrated going nine years injury-free. The short line began operations in 2005 so you can do the math and conclude that they have not had an injury since taking over operations from the Kansas City Southern Railway. The ARS is made up of two separate lines, the 32-mile northern branch runs east from Heaven- er, Oklahoma to Waldron, Arkansas. The 30-mile southern line runs from Ashdown, Arkansas to Nashville, Arkansas. Tyson is the largest Customer on the ARS and ships in corn and soybeans. One unique aspect of this team is that most of them have worked together for several years. Thomas Williams and Steve Westfall have been with the ARS since the start. Billy Barton joined them in 2007 and in 2008 Rendall Thompson and Guy Evans Jr., joined the group. Michael Corbell is the new kid on the block and he's been with them since 2011. Michael is the trainmaster and Cory Smith was named general manager of the team in 2012. Team members on the ARS are: (l-r) Cory Smith, general manager; Rendall Thompson, Waldron conductor; Guy Evans, Jr., Waldron engineer; Thomas Williams, Nashville engineer; Billy Barton, roadmaster, and Michael Corbell, trainmaster. Not pictured, Steve Westfall, Nashville conductor.
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